Contested case hearing sought in aquarium fish collection incident

The vessel’s hold contained 550 live fish, including 472 yellow tang, 37 kole, 26 orange-spine surgeonfish, five orangeband surgeonfish, five Moorish idols, and one specimen each of Saddle Wrasse, Goldrim surgeonfish, Hawaiian Dascyllus, common longnose butterflyfish and blacklip butterflyfish. All of the fish were returned live to the ocean. (DLNR/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A contested case hearing has been requested by three Big Island residents facing a combined $110,000 in administrative fines for alleged illegal aquarium fish collecting earlier this year off the South Kohala Coast.